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English Majority Text Version 2009

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12:1Then He began to speak to them with parables: "A man planted a vineyard and set a fence around it, dug a wine vat and built a tower. And he leased it to farmers, and went on a journey.
12:2And at [harvest] time he sent a servant to the farmers, in order that he might receive [his part] from the fruit of the vineyard.
12:3And they took him and beat [him] and sent [him] away empty-[handed].
12:4Again he sent them another servant, and that one they wounded in the head with stones, and they sent him away shamefully treated.
12:5And again he sent another, and that one they killed, and [so with ]many others, beating some and killing others.
12:6Therefore still having one son, his beloved, he even sent him to them last, saying, 'They will respect my son.'
12:7"But those farmers said to one another, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours.'
12:8"And taking him they killed [him], and cast [him] out of the vineyard.
12:9Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do? He will come and will destroy the farmers, and give the vineyard to others.
12:10Have you not even read this Scripture: 'The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.
12:11This was the LORD's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'?"
12:12And they sought to lay hold of Him, but they feared the crowd, for they knew that He had spoken the parable against them. And leaving Him, they went away.
12:13Then they sent to Him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, in order that they might catch Him in [His ]discourse.
12:14And they came and said to Him, "Teacher, we know that You are true, and it does not make a difference to you about anyone; for You do not look on the face of men, but you teach the way of God in truth. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?
12:15Should we give, or should we not give?"But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said to them, "Why do you test Me? Bring Me a denarius, that I may see it."
12:16So they brought [one]. And He said to them, "Whose image and inscription is this?"And they said to Him, "Caesar's."
12:17And Jesus answered and said to them, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's."And they marveled at Him.
12:18Then some Sadducees came to Him, who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked Him, saying:
12:19"Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man's brother dies and leaves behind a wife and leaves no children, that his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.
12:20[Now] there were seven brothers. The first took a wife and he died, and left no offspring.
12:21And the second took her, and died; nor did he leave any offspring. And the third likewise.
12:22So the seven had her and left no offspring. Last of all the woman died also.
12:23[Therefore], in the resurrection, when they shall arise, whose wife of them will she be? For all seven had her [as] wife."
12:24Jesus answered and said to them, "Is this not the reason you are mistaken, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?
12:25For whenever they rise from among the dead, neither do they marry nor are they given in marriage, but they are like angels in heaven.
12:26But concerning the dead, that they rise, have you not read in the book of Moses, in connection with [the burning] bush [passage], how God spoke to him, saying, 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob'?
12:27He is not the God of [the ]dead, but the God of [the] living. Therefore you are greatly mistaken."
12:28Then one of the scribes came, after he heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, "Which is the first commandment of all?"
12:29Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God is one LORD.
12:30' And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment.
12:31And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."
12:32So the scribe said to Him, "Well [said], Teacher, in truth You said that He is one, and there is no other besides Him.
12:33And to love Him with the whole heart, and with the whole understanding, with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbor as oneself, is more than all the whole burnt offerings and sacrifices."
12:34Now when Jesus saw that he answered intelligently, He said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God."And no one dared any longer to question Him.
12:35Then Jesus answered and said, as [He was] teaching in the temple, "How say the scribes that the Christ is the Son of David?
12:36For David himself said by the Holy Spirit: 'The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet."'
12:37"Therefore David himself calls Him 'Lord'; how then is He his Son?"And the large crowd was hearing Him gladly.
12:38Then He said to them in His teaching, "Take heed of the scribes, who like to walk about in long robes, and [like] greetings in the marketplaces,
12:39and the first seats in the synagogues, and the first couches at the suppers;
12:40who devour widows' houses, and for a pretense pray at length. These will receive more abundant judgment."
12:41And Jesus sat down opposite the treasury, and was observing how the crowd was putting money into the treasury. And many rich [people] were putting in much.
12:42Then one poor widow came and put in two lepta, which equals a quadrans.
12:43And having summoned His disciples, He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all those who are putting into the treasury.
12:44For they all put in out of their excess, but this woman, out of her destitution, put in everything she had, her whole livelihood."
English Majority Text Version

English Majority Text Version


Welcome to the third edition of The English Majority Text Version (EMTV) of the Holy Bible. This latest edition has Greek explanatory notes throughout the Bible, to aid the reader in understanding the meanings in some select places of the original Koine Greek. Also, the third edition finds itself closer to the Robinson/Pierpoint printed edition of the Byzantine majority text, rather than the Hodges/Farstad text, which the EMTV was translated from. You will notice these differences in John 7:53-8:11, as well as the entire book of Revelation.

The English Majority Text Version draws from the work of both Dr.’s Hodges and Farstad, and their text, “The Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text,” as well as from Dr. Wilbur Pickering, ThM. PhD., and the EMTV has incorporated his hard work in the field of producing evidence of just what does constitute a majority reading, and, as a result of his work, and the work of others, John 7:53-8:11, and the book of Revelation reflect these variant readings. This is one of the great things about having a Bible that is translated from the majority of the trustworthy Byzantine manuscripts that are in existence—the much greater probability of accuracy.

On the other side of the fence, most modern Bibles are translated from a few scant manuscripts (literally), and more often than not they do not even agree with each other. Not so with a Bible that is translated out of the majority! The experts in linguistics who have put these readings together, and diligently compared the manuscripts, had hundreds and hundreds of manuscripts to compare. It is my prayer that this work will bring honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and to our God and Father; because all of this, all that we do, we do to know Him better, and to better understand His word, which He has given to mankind. “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar. (Prove 30:5,6). Peace of Christ to you all. In His service, Paul W Esposito Stauros Ministries